Day 10

Today we traveled to Kyoto, where we would stay in a traditional Japanese Ryokan. This is a type of hotel that is very small (ours was 10 rooms), serves traditional Japanese food, and has traditional Japanese rooms, where the floor is all tatami mats and the beds are a thin pad on the tatami mat that you sleep on. There is also green tea available at all times, of course.
Entrance to the Ryokan.

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In the Ryokan, clothing called Yukata are generally worn around, especially to breakfast.

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After we left our luggage at the Ryokan, we walked to a Shinto shrine across the river.

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This was one of the more involved Shinto shrines I’ve visited, and it was vast, with many small areas for prayer and cleansing and old buildings.

For dinner, we went to a very nice restaurant known for it’s sukiyaki, a Japanese dish were well marbled Kobe beef is brought out along with vegetables and other various dish additives, and they are cooked in a pan in front of you and served hot. It was by far one of my favorite meals.